Laboratories

Claudia Álvarez Posada

Archaeomagnetism

The Archaeomagnetism Laboratory, which belongs to the Center's geochronology laboratories, boasts all of the necessary instruments for the study of the magnetic properties of rocks in order to develop magnetostratigraphies in sediments.
Ana Álvaro Gallo

Archaeometry

The main objective of the Archaeometry Laboratory is the characterization of materials, based on the study of their chemical and mineralogical composition, and their vibrational and thermal analysis. It seeks to support research in the areas of geology, archeology, heritage, chemistry, and pharmacy, as well as to provide services in the fields of construction, civil engineering and nanomaterials.
Gonzalo Saco Ledo

Bioenergy and Motion Analysis

The LabBioEM has the capacity to anthropometrically and metabolically characterize in vivo subjects that participate in experimental designs. It has the necessary equipment and techniques to implement anthropometry protocols, to determine body composition through four-pole bioelectrical impedance, along with implementing experimental energy methods through triaxial accelerometry and indirect ventilatory calorimetry, with recording both at the laboratory and telemetric recording on the field. It also boasts advanced equipment for the capture and 3D analysis of human movement.
Pilar Fernández Colón

Conservation & Restoration

En the laboratory of the Conservation and Restoration Area, conservation strategies are evaluated and developed (preventive conservation, curative conservation and restoration), aimed at safeguarding both the collections present in the CENIEH and in other national and international. institutions, museums or archaeological sites and paleontological.
Leticia Miguens Rodríguez

Cosmogenic Nuclide Dating

The cosmogenic sample preparation laboratory is located adjacent to GEOLOGY labs on the floor -1. The room is equipped with two large fume hoods with a scrubber unit which has capacity to operate HF evaporation of a few litres at once. Two orbital shakers and ultrasonic bath are equipped for quartz extraction/purification processes via a series of acid cleaning.  
 

Adrián Martínez Fernández

Digital Mapping and 3D Analysis

The activities of this laboratory are focused on cartography, reconstruction and spatial analysis of geological and archaeological elements. Among its products, the following are particularly noteworthy: geological and geomorphological cartography, paleogeographic reconstructions, analysis of spatial patterns, 3D reconstructions and the morphometric analysis of archaeological sites and objects for different research projects in Europe and Africa.
Mª Jesús Alonso Escarza

Electron Spin Resonance Dating

The Electron Spin Resonance (ESR) laboratory, one of the four geochronology laboratories at CENIEH, is mainly devoted to dating geological and/or archaeological materials such as tooth enamel or optically bleached quartz grains extracted from sediment. Occasionally, it also carries out work in dosimetry and characterization of modern or old geo-materials.
Leticia Miguens Rodríguez

Geology

The objective of the Geology Laboratory is to provide support to other laboratories in the preparation and characterization of different types of samples in different areas of research such as agronomy, environmental studies, paleoclimatic and paleooceanographic studies, geology and geotechnics.
Mirem del Val Blanco

Luminescence Dating

The luminescence laboratory is located on the second floor of the building. It consists of two main sections, the sample preparation room and the IRA 3015 radioactive facility. In both rooms, work is carried out under carefully controlled lighting conditions (red light at a wavelength of between 600 and 690 nm) and with a low light intensity (< 2μW/cm2).
Belén Notario Collado

Microscopy and Micro-Computed Tomography Laboratory

The Microscopy and Micro-Computed Tomography Laboratory is located on the first floor and boasts a wide range of equipment enabling the microstructural and elemental characterization of all types of materials (for example, biological, organic and inorganic materials), with practice-oriented analysis, quality control and basic and applied research

Prehistoric Technology and Archaeology

The Prehistoric Technology and Archaeology Laboratory aims to support and encourage research into and the study of collections of prehistoric stone tools, streamlining the processing and analysis of the collections generated by the CENIEH projects and other external bodies and projects. It is designed as a versatile space which adapts to the needs and demands of the users and archaeological materials arriving at its facilities.
Fernando Jiménez Barredo

Uranium-Series

The Uranium-Series laboratory is one of the pillars of the Geochronology field at CENIEH. Its main objective is to conduct research work and implement services involving elemental and isotopic analyses on different types of material. This laboratory is freely available to the Scientific and Business Community and to Society in General, by offering several technical services from carrying out physical and chemical analyses or consulting and training services to participation and collaboration in research projects.